Two of the first significant fights of 2013 have just been announced. The first was surprising because of the risk for both fighters, but also because of one of them, as far as fans knew, had been retired for months. Shane Mosley’s retirement after the comprehensive beating he absorbed from Saul Alvarez was accepted as a reasonable exit from the sport. While he was no longer in top form, Mosley did well enough to be considered the shadow of a once great fighter. Now he’s been matched against a fighter, Paulie Malignaggi, who never seems to run out of second chances. After having his welterweight momentum derailed multiple times when he was just nearing the elite level, once again Malignaggi is surprising critics and winning fights. A fight with Mosley would never have been in the cards before his retirement for a second-tier competitor like Malignaggi, but he’s got the fans to bite one more time, waiting to see if he can put together a fight worthy of a faded legend.
The second announcement finalized the rematch between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler. The two put on an incredible show in their first fight through twelve action-packed rounds. Kessler promised Froch the opportunity after the first fight and even agreed to the return bout in Froch’s native country of England. Froch is still far from being a fan favorite opponent for Andre Ward, but this fight will show how much Froch has progressed and how much Kessler has aged. Great fight for the fans, great fight for the sport.